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" My music is very reminiscent of the sound I grew up on and the place where that happened. It's a combination of everything I'm inspired by. "
" I'll be a Bay kid for the rest of my life. That's in my veins; that's in my bones. "
" I love the road. The closest thing to home, for me, is being on a tour bus, ironically. "
" I try to find 15 minutes a day to just be alone without any distractions just for headspace to meditate and get my Zen on. I think that helps me get through the hecticness of the day on tour with the interviews, the sound check, the meet and greets, the show and the post-show meet and greets. "
" I'm really attracted to girls who are passionate about music because that's what I'm obsessed with. "
" When you sample something, you're using the crutch of borrowing chords and melodies from a song that's already great, that's already stood the test of time, that's already special. When you're trying to do it all from scratch, you're writing something brand new that has to stand on its own. "
" Just wearing all black comes from Johnny Cash. I'm on the road so much that if I wear all black, my clothes never get dirty. You can't tell if I've worn the same shirt twice. "
" I read the Steve Jobs book, and that kind of changed everything. I've been, like, an Apple geek my whole life and have always seen him as a hero. But reading the book, and learning about how he built the company, and maintaining that corporate culture and all that, I think that influenced me a lot. "
" The gatekeepers don't control the gates, and the powers that be aren't as powerful. "
" Sometimes you wake up the next morning after making a lot of bad decisions and have this nonchalant reaction like, 'These Things Happen' - what can I say? "
" Time is a finite resource that you can't get back. I have the same 24 hours you have, and you get the same 24 hours as me. As you rise, so does you chance for opportunity. "
" It's just crazy to look back at what I was wearing in high school. "
" I've always been an outsider to some extent. "
" I think when you're telling a story from inside of you that's genuine, people connect with it. "
" I think it's natural for a creative to be sensitive. If I'm in the studio and I write something, I think it's the greatest thing in the world; it's like my baby. I just made something out of thin air that exists now in a tangible form. It's the biggest thrill in my life. "
" You have to be dope; you have to find an audience and reach that audience with your identity and your message. "
" A halfway decent haircut will go a long way! "
" If you're not out living, then you've got nothing to talk about. "
" I love being in a room in front of an audience who cares about the music, who knows the music, and who has lived with the music. It's kind of like an experience you share. I'm on stage performing it, but they're singing the words, too. "
" Some people will like it. Some people will hate it. Some people are indifferent. And you have to live with that as an artist. You wanna be appreciated, you wanna be liked, but you know, it's just not realistic for everyone. "
" Touring is starting to feel more like home than home does. "
" I think you should always push yourself to want to grow and learn more and be inspired and develop. "
" Keeping in touch with the people that matter is important. "
" I'm just doing the only thing I know how to do. There was never a plan B. "
" I think the most important thing is to be yourself and be genuine and don't try to tell anybody else's story but your own. And if it comes from a genuine place, I think people can tell, and if it doesn't, I think people can tell, and I think that eventually it shows. "